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Console Library: Atari 5200

The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, commonly known as the Atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in 1982 by Atari Inc. as a higher-end complementary console for the popular Atari 2600. The 5200 was created to compete with the Intellivision, but wound up more directly competing with the ColecoVision shortly after its release.

The 5200 was based on Atari Inc.'s existing 400/800 computers and the internal hardware was almost identical, although software was not directly compatible between the two systems. The 5200's controllers have an analog joystick and a numeric keypad along with start, pause and reset buttons. The 360-degree non-centering joystick was touted as offering more control than the eight-way joystick controller offered with the Atari 2600.

The Atari 5200 did not fare well commercially, compared to its predecessor, the Atari 2600. While it touted superior graphics to the 2600 and Mattel's Intellivision, the system was initially incompatible with the 2600s expansive library of games, and some market analysts have speculated that this hurt its sales especially since an Atari 2600 cartridge adapter had been released for the Intellivision II. (A revised 2-port model was released in 1983, along with a game adapter that allowed gamers to play all 2600 games.) This lack of new games was due in part to a lack of funding, with Atari continuing to develop most of its games for the saturated 2600 market.

Many of the 5200's games appeared simply as updated versions of 2600 titles, which failed to excite consumers. Its pack-in game, Super Breakout, was particularly criticized for not doing enough to demonstrate the system's capabilities, and this gave the ColecoVision a significant advantage when its pack-in, Donkey Kong, delivered a more authentic arcade experience than any previous game cartridge. In its list of the top 25 game consoles of all time, IGN claimed that the main reason for the 5200's market failure was the technological superiority of its competitor, while other sources maintain that the two consoles are roughly equivalent in power.

At one point following the 5200's release, Atari had planned a smaller, cost-reduced version of the Atari 5200, which would have removed the controller storage bin. Code-named the "Atari 5100" (a.k.a. "Atari 5200 Jr."), only a few fully working prototype 5100s were made before the project was canceled.[16] On May 21, 1984, during a press conference at which the Atari 7800 was introduced, company executives revealed that the 5200 had been discontinued after just two years on the market. Total sales of the 5200 were reportedly in excess of 1 million units.

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Pitfall! (1984)(Activision)
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KABOOM! (1983)(Activision)
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Dreadnaught Factor, The (1983)(Activision)
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Mr. Do!'s Castle (1984)(Parker Brothers)
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Pac-Man (1982)(Atari)
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Diagnostic Cartridge v2.3 (1983)(Atari)
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K-Razy Shootout (1983)(CBS Electronics)
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Jum's Pong (2000)(Jum)(PD)
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Ms. Pac-Man (1983)(Atari)
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Player & Missle Graphics Demo (200x)(Boris, Dan)(PD)
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Castle Blast v0.03 (demo) (2002)(Habot, Ronen)
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Hello World (200x)(Boris, Dan)(PD)
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PAM SALT v1.0 (1982)(Atari)
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PAM Diag v2.0 (1982)(Atari)
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Castle Blast (demo) (2002)(Habot, Ronen)
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PAM - Pete's Test (1982)(Atari)
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Koffi - Yellow Kopter (demo) (2002)(Lloyd, Ron)(PD)
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Yellow Submarine (1982)(Atari)(proto)
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Last Starfighter, The (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Stargate (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Track and Field (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Looney Tunes Hotel (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Moon Patrol (1983)(Atari)
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Super Pac-Man (1982)(Atari)(proto)
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Spitfire (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Atari 5200 BIOS (1982)(Atari)
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Battlezone (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Millipede (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Asteroids (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Xevious (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Road Runner (1982)(Atari)(proto)
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Jr. Pac-Man (1984)(Atari)(proto)
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Choplifter! (1984)(Atari)
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Xari Arena (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Tempest (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Frisky Tom (1982)(Atari)(proto)
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Realsports Basketball (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Miniature Golf (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Micro-gammon SB (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Sport Goofy (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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A.E. (1982)(Atari)(proto)
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Barroom Baseball (1983)(Atari)(proto)
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Boogie (198x)(Atari)(proto)